Works and Activities of the Special Commissioner

The Admin. Order n.103 of 20 July 2021, converted into law n.125 of 16 September 2021, declares the urban waterways of San Marco Basin, San Marco Canal and Giudecca Canal of Venice a national monument. In these waterways, starting from 1 August 2021, the transit of ships having at any one of the following characteristics is prohibited: a) gross tonnage exceeding 25,000 GT; b) hull length at waterline greater than 180 metres; c) height from the waterline (air draft) greater than 35 metres, excluding ships with mixed sail - engine propulsion; (4) d) use of fuel during manoeuvering with sulphur content equal to or greater than 0.1 per cent.

In this context, Admin.Order 103 charges the Special Commissioner with the task of proceeding:

Point 1

Creation of temporary mooring points

no more than five, three of which are already available for the 2022 cruise season, also intended for passenger ships with a gross tonnage equal to or greater than 25,000 GT

Point 2

Maintenance of existing canals

Works and maintenance excavations of existing canals to allow navigation.

Point 3

Accessory interventions

Accessory interventions to improve nautical accessibility and navigation safety.

Point 4

Promotion of studies

Promotion of hydrogeological, geomorphological and archaeological studies aimed at protecting Venice and its Lagoon.

Timetable

  • Activity year 2021

    Award procedures begun

    Awarding of works for the first 2 moorings

    Launch of a nautical accessibility study

    Technical-economic feasibility study for the North Canal and Passenger Station approach

  • Activity year 2022

    Completion of first mooring  upgrade, Liguria Quay

    Completion of second mooring upgrade, Lombardy Quay

    An additional mooring is operational in Chioggia

    Conclusion of the nautical accessibility study of Canale Malamocco -Marghera

    Start of canal maintenance planning

    Design and award of works for equipping temporary mooring in the North canal

    Approval of the feasibility project for the North Canal and Passenger Station approaches

    Planning the improvement of usability and safety of the Liguria and Lombardy quays

  • Activity year 2023

    Delivery of the North Canal temporary mooring

    Awarding of the final design for the Passenger Station

    Approval of the design of the North Canal and Passenger Station moorings

    Approval of the canal maintenance project

    Start of planning interventions to improve nautical accessibility

    Completion of planning for the improvement of usability and safety at the Liguria and Lombardy quays

  • Activity year 2024

    Start of works on the second mooring to the North Canal and Passenger Station

    Begin canal maintenance

  • Activity year 2025

    Canal maintenance

    Carrying out the works on the North Canal and Passenger Station

  • Conclusion of all works

    Hydrogeological, geomorphological and archaeological studies aimed at safeguarding Venice and its Lagoon

    Delivery of the second mooring to the North Channel and the Passenger Station

    Completion of maintenance work on Canals

Economic resources

The following expenses are authorized for carrying out and executing the activities under the responsibility of the Commission:

2 ml €

2021

9 ml €

2022

15 ml €

2023

42 ml €

2024

55 ml €

2025

35 ml €

2026

Last Update

12 September, 2022